Let's talk about tolerance . . .
Ah yes, everyone loves to spin this word around in an attempt to discredit everyone else. I was sent this bit about these preachers in Seattle that were attacked at a Pridefest when they refused to leave. It sounds rather one sided when I say it like that and that's what you might take away from the headline when you read it:
The preacher was holding up this sign:
What I could not find a screen shot of was the other side. However, I'm pretty sure this is the same guy somewhere else, and this is what the other side looks like:
Now, I don't know about you, but it looks as though the sign is suggesting that if they DO NOT repent, and resign from their homosexuality, they will then be violently expelled from this earth in to a place where they will burn for all eternity. That sounds like an extraordinarily violent threat to me . . . it sounds like intolerance. For one to take their personal judgement to the place where people are celebrating their rejection of that judgement, is intolerant and it is hateful.
So, in the video, we began with the intolerance of these street preachers. The people attending the parade were very upset by this threat that they were given and they got out of hand. Now, the question is: Was it intolerant for these people to become upset at the hand of those who were judging them? I'm gonna say NO. Did they let their anger get the better of them? ABSOLUTELY. It is not intolerant to become violently upset when somebody is threatening your very being. That is commonly known as defending yourself. Is violence the answer though? Absolutely NOT. The person that attacked the preacher had a rather strong criminal background, so it doesn't surprise me that that was his solution. However, anger does not equal intolerance. The parade goers were incited by intolerance and had a poor reaction. Let's not confuse these things. Homosexual intolerance would be for people to gather outside of your sunday morning congregation, holding rainbow signs saying, "GOD MAKES AS MUCH SENSE AS THE TOOTH FAIRY" and loudly disrupting your celebration with an anthem by Cher. For you to get upset at that intrusion and request that they leave and let you be would not have been intolerance. It would have been frustration, anger and annoyance.
I've said it before that god does not equal good and does not equal love. When you proudly march in defiance of how people do love one another and how they celebrate freedom from bondage, you are showing that point. You are not acting out of love, even if you truly believe you are. It is hateful and it is intolerant and you can't expect people to always respond to that appropriately. Your intolerance incites anger and that's exactly what I see in this stories example.